Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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Last week's subzero temperatures were bad for the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest is a major threat to ash trees, a common tree species in parks and neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities metro area. And while people across the Midwest muddled through a polar vortex and the Twin Cities reached 28 degrees below zero, those in charge of battling the ash borer welcomed the possibility of relief.
Updated 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1, to include new information. WOODBURY — A Woodbury man who was on trial for alleged sexual assault of children was charged Friday with second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, according to a criminal complaint. Julie Kneifl, 72, was found dead Thursday morning of a deep laceration to her neck. Harvey Kneifl, 72, was found in the shower of one of the bathrooms with a neck wound. There were two knives on the floor next to him.
Foss Swim School in Woodbury has the OK to move to a larger location. Woodbury City Council approved a permit allowing the swim school to move to a vacant space in the Woodbury Commons Shopping Center, 10150 Hudson Road, Suite 114. The move will increase the amount of parking and ease overall space constraints for the school. The new location will include a larger pool, a greater number of changing stalls, shower rooms and bathrooms, and a larger viewing room and reception area.
OAKDALE — Often unseen, human trafficking can seem like a far away problem, something that rarely makes its way to the suburbs. Don't be fooled, said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. "A lot of people say, 'That's an awful problem, thank God it's not in my community," Orput said, calling himself "the bearer of bad news." In fact, he said, the people arrested for seeking out commercial sex are often neighbors and those being trafficked are, too.
National fundraiser Jump Rope for Heart has been a tradition at Woodbury's Middleton Elementary since at least 1995, when Joe Quintavalle began teaching physical education there. One day each year, students in first through fifth grades spend an hour competing in games, many which involve a jump rope. Prizes are also awarded for best team name, best individual jumpers and best team jumpers. "So we have lots of incentives and fun activities we do that make it a big event for us," said Quintavalle, who organizes the fundraiser alongside two other teachers.
In one morning, Woodbury Lions Club members Marty Borchardt and Jim Curnow checked the eyes of more than 30 kids for possible vision problems. The process was simple. A parent would approach the Lions Club's booth at the Woodbury Kids Expo on Jan. 12. The child, usually between 6 months and 6 years years old, would sit by themselves or with a parent on a folding chair across from one of the men. A handheld device, called the Plusoptix mobile vision screener, quickly scanned the child's eyes and let the operator know if it detected anything abnormal.
COTTAGE GROVE — About 43 percent of private east metro wells tested in 2018 led to well advisories, according to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency memo. In 2018, 351 well advisories were issued from a total 809 residential wells sampled through coordinated efforts by MPCA and the Minnesota Department of Health.
WOODBURY — It's early Thursday morning and around 40 Woodbury High School students have piled into Room 116, some grabbing donuts as they take to their seats. The teenagers are there for Ignite, a weekly, student-led Bible study with the mission to bring together the school's Christians and serve the school through outreach.
Woodbury Kids held its sixth annual expo Jan. 12, bringing numerous community organizations and activities for kids together under one roof. The event's goal is to make a lot of information easily accessible to parents while providing entertainment for their children, the group said. This year's expo was attended by 1,100 people, Stacey Robertson of Woodbury Kids said. Booths set up at Lake Middle School were occupied by 26 schools and 67 businesses and organizations.
New mayor, City Council members sworn in The city of Woodbury officially has new leadership. Mayor Anne Burt and council members Steve Morris and Jennifer Santini were sworn in Jan. 9. Their terms are set to end Dec. 31, 2022. City accepts 3M settlement money City Council passed a resolution accepting $25,000 from the 3M Settlement Community Grant.